Chronicle of a Peace Foretold

Colombia & the U.S., 1953-2016

Guest Speaker: Michael LaRosa



Colombia is still negotiating a peace agreement with the leftist insurgency, better known as FARC. This presentation will focus on the many peace processes that have preceded the current negotiations, making the case that Colombians, since the early 1950s, have been seeking solutions to seemingly intractable social and political problems. Dr. LaRosa’s most recent book The Third Century was recently released in December 2016 in co-authorship with David C. LaFevor (UTA, History) and the late Mark Gilderhus.

About the Speaker

Michael LaRosa is associate professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis. He teaches the history of Latin America and his research focuses on the social, political and religious history of Latin America, especially Colombia. He is the author or co-author of several books, most recently, “Colombia, a Concise Contemporary History” (Rowman and Littlefield, April 2012). This book traces two centuries of Colombia history, and contrasts the country’s violent past with its current accomplishments. The former Fulbright Scholar calls Bogota a second home. His expertise includes U.S.-Latin American relations, and immigration from Latin America to the U.S. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at George Washington University, and a master’s and doctoral degree in history at the University of Miami.

Event Info


Thursday Feb 9, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 PM


Room: San Saba
E.H. Hereford University Center
300 W First St.
Arlington TX 76010

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